1. With lyrics tense with a Springsteen-ish drama and multiple hooks – the legendary riff, the fist-punching chorus, the twin guitar solo from Brian Robertson and Scott Gorham to the chorus – this track is rife with the smell of summer lawns and the memories of beach parties. To be honest, we had a hunch. It remains an effervescent festival favourite to this day. Whether it deserved the Olly Murs cover is open to conjecture. The drifting Ska of the track showed the stylistic range of band unafraid of crossing genre lines which made them an more authentic representation of young Britain than some of their contemporaries.

But that didn’t stop DJs from making it the most played song of the year. In which Paul Weller declares holy class war through the medium of awesome Moddish new wave. The mandolin – played by Ray Jackson, not John Peel who mimed on Top Of The Pops – was a big factor, but it’s Rod’s throaty rasp and bawdy tale of a young chap mixed up with an older woman that give the song its lasting character. Inspired by Yoko Ono’s Grapefruit book, a collection of poetry, ‘Imagine’ is that old classic – simple but devastating.

It’s difficult to shake the baggage, sure, but soon you’re swept up by the trilling piano, easy beats and elegant meld of Agnetha and Frida’s voices on the single that gave ABBA their only US No.1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48emaMVhnBU. 12.

On one side of New York you had Television recording 10-minute new wave opuses, on the other The Ramones getting their pop thrash over in a couple of minutes. http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1483850446001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAAABumiUU~,CmZu1qzq0NyICxn2Vp-nk3_Z6ll_Smhf&bctid=1585572416001.

Instead, bassist Colin Moulding wrote of his dad attempting to make his son get his “hair cut and stay on at school”. Piano Man - Billy Joel 74. Still, his “dirty” sound helped get the song banned in Italy, where they mistook the word “ding” for a sexual reference.

Joni Mitchell only watched its coverage on TV, yet somehow nailed its essence in her song “Woodstock.” Two other versions, besides her own, appeared in 1970, including a more popular take by her friends Crosby, Stills Nash & Young, which became an FM radio staple, and another by the U.K folk-rock band Matthews Southern Comfort, which went No.

Spending the night flirting with and romancing a lady who turned out to be a man in a dress might be something that most men would try to sweep under the carpet. It looks as though you’ve already said that.

Does Your Vote Count? “It was something nobody expected,” Burke, now 66, tells Parade. The pulse is spot-on, although apparently a nightmare to record, and Debbie Harry is a natural disco siren. Junior’s falsetto vocal and the gentle swish of the instrumental track (produced by Lee “Scratch” Perry) belied the lyrics which spoke of civil unrest and societal tension. 3. In New York there was the CBGBs scene of unattainable, insouciant cool. Well, it deserves its place if only for – allegedly – inspiring Girls Aloud’s second single ‘No Good Advice’. At the same time Mitchell’s ode to Woodstock appeared, Melanie (the stage name of singer Melanie Anne Safka) released her own hosanna to the event. "ABC" - The Jackson 5. Springsteen later described it as “my big invitation to my audience”, and it remains one of The Boss’ most beloved moments, a staple in his live set to this day. Your account was created. Back then, he was so in demand, he had the clout to demand royalties from some of the recordings, something that usually only goes to songwriters.

Celeb interviews, recipes, wellness tips and horoscopes delivered to your inbox daily. It’s just a matter of that bassline, isn’t it? Rod the Mod’s first solo No.1 wasn’t even supposed to be an A-side but it only took a fortnight for it to elbow ‘Reason To Believe’ off the front of the disc. 8. Although rather less catchy than the Ash track of the same name. 1–selling single was Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” an ode to everlasting hope and unwavering faith. No.

1. Its memorable title line was inspired by the Swan Silvertones’ version of the old gospel spiritual “Mary Don’t You Weep,” which contained the phrase, “I’ll be your bridge over deep water.” Some S&G fans actually thought Paul Simon’s partner, Art Garfunkel, wrote the song because he sang it alone. But the band argued that they were just expressing their feelings of intimidation in the face of the bold women of the states. “Here’s a way to dance my way out of my constriction,” croons the most famous song from George Clinton’s sci-fi funk collective.

That misunderstanding was only one rift that contributed to the duo’s split. conditions of our, Your use of this website constitutes and manifests your acceptance

Their not-so-secret weapon was little brother Michael, who seemed to have been born with the soulfulness of a mature artist at his peak. One year after the riots known as Stonewall uprising in New York City, an event often credited with igniting the gay rights movement, Ray Davies of the Kinks wrote a Top 10 hit that expressed acceptance about gender variations in a way no pop song had before. As the 70s juddered to a close, the divisions in society were becoming more prominent, and The Jam’s fiery broadside tells a bitter tale of coming off worst after a brawl with some poshos, because indeed, “all that rugby puts hair on your chest.” David Cameron, missing the point, professed to love it.

Need a bridge over troubled water? “Close” held the No. “People enjoyed those songs,” he says, “because we enjoyed making them.”, Related: It’s Time To Smile, Here Are 75 Happy Songs That Will Make You Feel Great. A floating slice of No Wave from Alan Vega and Martin Rev. The 70s didn’t do things by halves; relive the magic with the decade’s 100 key tracks.

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1 spot. “I was a musical mercenary,” Burrows tells Parade. Back when heavy metal could make the Top 5 in the UK, Sabbath’s ‘Paranoid’ cemented itself in the national psyche and became an anthem Ozzy Osbourne’s never quite been able to shake off. One of the most stirring pop songs of all time doubles as one of the longest.

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A blend of innuendo – “strap your hands across my engines” – runaway sax from Clarence Clemons and full Wall Of Sound cacophony from the E Street Band, ‘Born To Run’ is a chest-bursting tour de force that even survived a Frankie Goes To Hollywood cover. That this oddball, satirical piece arrived during the peak of the sex-drugs-and-rock-’n’-roll culture may account for why Three Dog Night’s version became their first No.

No. The powerful marching riff took it the top of the hit parade, and did the same for the Sugababes a couple of decades later when Richard X cunningly reworked his mash-up of Adina Howard’s ‘Freak Like Me’.

Possibly not the most politically correct song of the 1970s, ‘Brown Sugar’ was written for the singer Marsha Hunt, Mick Jagger’s then-lover and mother of his first child, and flirts with sadism, smack, oral sex, and all manner of rock’n’roll fun. “Spirit in the Sky” (Norman Greenbaum).

Slow down. By the summer, Nova Scotia’s Anne Murray became the first female singer from the north country to score a U.S. gold record, with “Snowbird,” while that fall, Gordon Lightfoot would release the single “If You Could Read My Mind,” which would make him Canada’s first solo male vocalist since Anka to crack the Top 5.

Burrows said he loved being part of such bouncy hits. You seem to be logged out. A joyful taste of what was to come. You are posting comments too quickly. With a knowing nod to JG Ballard, Numan retained his high art credentials to create an trailblazing pop single which sounded like the future. There’s no artifice here – which is Parton’s main strength.

Later covered by the White Stripes. Creating an actual song, Kraftwerk beat the pop stars at their own game. “It was a time of the Vietnam war, riots in cities and [following] the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy,” says Keni Burke, who, as part of the Five Stairsteps, crooned the calming anthem “O-o-h Child,” which assured us that “things are gonna get easier.” Burke says that the music of that era was “a Band-Aid for what was ailing us.”, “Given so much unrest, everyone was exhausted,” says David Browne, author of Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970. Bet it worked too. Originally a B-side from Jamaican artist Prince Buster, ‘One Step Beyond’ was turned into a hit by Madness, who as pioneers of the British ska scene, remade it as a giddy runaround jam. Free from The Impressions, Mayfield’s solo debut ‘Curtis’ featured many shining moments – but ‘Move On Up’ was perhaps the finest. "Band Of Gold" - Freda Payne. The 1970s were when icons were born. Ad Choices. Fred Schneider is the man talk-singing over the top, but it’s the inspired mix of spooky 50s rock and new wave that makes this more than a curiosity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdLIerfXuZ4.

With political unrest in Ireland, Palestine and further field, Costello’s track about working class army proles exploited by the government seemed right on the money. Just awesome.

Two months before the band’s breakup, he came out with “Instant Karma!,” credited to “John Ono Lennon with the Plastic Ono Band.” Boosted by producer Phil Spector’s giant “wall of sound” production, the song—built loosely around the Eastern religious belief that actions in this life will affect your future lives—cracked the Top 5.